Teeth whitening tops the list of the most popular cosmetic services requested by patients from their dentist. Over 10 million people will purchase whitening products in the U.S. this year alone. The best source of accurate information about choosing a quality product is from your dental team. Misconceptions on teeth whitening exist, here are a few that need a quick look
MYTH 1: TOOTHPASTES AND RINSES ARE ENOUGH
Every product competes for your attention on a store shelf. While there’s nothing wrong with these whitening options they’re far too weak to produce great results. Breakdown of stain doesn’t occur until after 20 minutes of product contact with the teeth. If you rely on these products for a brighter smile, you’ll be waiting a long time to see a desirable difference.
MYTH 3: CROWNS AND FILLINGS WHITEN JUST LIKE TEETH
Porcelain, fillings and other dental work in your mouth won’t change color. Therefore whitening won’t be effective in corrected discolored dental restorations.
MYTH 4: ONCE WHITENED FOREVER WHITE
Coffee, tea, chocolate, wine and tobacco top the list of yellowing agents that stain enamel. But the brighter color usually stays for about 1-2 years and may remain indefinitely with a simple maintenance routine
MYTH 5: WHITENING GELS DAMAGE YOUR TEETH
Studies confirm that whitening gels are safe when used in the proper formulations, exposure times, and methods. Higher concentrations provide benefits in the right situations, but these formulas usually contain fluoride to protect tooth enamel. Poor fitting whitening trays sold in stores may lead to tissue irritation. Custom trays ensure an ideal fit and less exposure to the whitening ingredients- this approach leads to extremely safe whitening with exceptional results.